John Muir


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sitting posture, and said to resemble the deceased whose ashes they contain; others have figures much larger than life, some of men, others of women, others have both carved from one large trunk. Still others have the figure of some bird or animal such as a bear, crow, eagle or dog or whale, the totem of the family. Those of the old Stickine village are now much weather beaten, grasses and bushes growing on top in a very picturesque way , grass tufts in the ears, a bird on the top of the head, colored lichens and mosses enlivening the whole surface. As they are all made of cypress or yellow cedar, as it is called, and some of them much decayed, {Sketch: totem pole}

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13.5 cm.

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